Can Big Ivan and the Mullet once again be BIG?
I can hear some of you scoff and chuckle at the irony of a bald eagle like me writing an article on someone with a magnificent mane of a mullet in Maric.
But let me assure you, I once had a mane to equal this strapping 105kg beast. It started to disappear when I was 27 years old, Maric is 28 years old, read into that what you will good people but I suspect Maric may be the next model to grace the pages for Advanced Hair.
Now, big Ivan had stuff all pre-season heading into 2014 due to an injury infested off season and didn’t debut until after Richmond’s bye making his first appearance in Round 11. After that, he played every game but took a while to hit his straps, but when he did, boy he came home with a flurry. I am talking 6 tonnes to round out his year. Is it co-incidence that the Tigers came home with a winning surge once the Big Man was back in town?
I don’t think so, I think Maric’s importance to the Tigers cannot be underestimated – he is a beast, a competitive Chewbacca style man mountain. He loves the contest, he loves to win and doesn’t mind pushing forward to kick a goal. Wonderful for supercoach scoring. I didn’t think I could do it to myself before commencing this article, but I may be getting a rise in the last place I have a mane….
So can we bet on Big Ivan once again being BIG in our fantasy football teams? Can he replicate the form of 2012? I’m not sure but he could well be 2015’s version of Sauce Jacobs. Let’s have a look and see.
|Games last season:||13|
|Average last season:||99.69|
|100+ games last season:||7 (7 out of 13, significantly averaged 111 last 6 rounds)|
|Sub 80 games last season:||2|
|Price range last season:||$461K – $529K|
|Missed games last season:||9 (Round 1 to Round 10)|
|Significant history:||Ranked 16th in Total hitouts for 2014
Ranked 14th in Hitouts per game
All Australian nominee in 2012
Traded from Adelaide to Richmond ahead of the 2012 season
In his first 6 years of football playing with the Crows, it would be fair to say that his 77 games were mediocre (at best) and where he averaged 58 points per game during this time. There is nothing in those numbers which produces an iota of excitement. However, at the end of 2011, he was traded to the Tigers, the big man crew his hair and just like the ethereal Solomon his strength went BANG! In his first season at the Tigers, he had his best year of football, was an All Australian nominee and finished third in the club’s B&F. He averaged a down south swelling 113. You can see why Maric is somewhat of a cult hero down at Tigerland.
In 2013, Big Ivan played injured for most of the year but still managed to play 19 games for an average of 97. With his 2014, that is an average of 103 over the past 3 years. That is enough to have me very interested.
Staying on the park would have to be the biggest one. Big Ivan has averaged just over 17 games over the past 3 years. So the biggest question has to be whether the Hairy Behemoth can give you 21-22 games in 2015? If he can get to 20 games and average ca 100-105 point per game then I think you would be on a winner.
If you start with Maric, then it would be as a view to a keeper, given his reasonable starting price, you want to set, forget and throw away the keys – Sam Jacobs style in 2014. Wouldn’t that be a beautiful thing?
- Consistency – a 3 year average of 103 is tasty
- Draw – Richmond has a magnificent draw, if they win more games, then you can bet our man Maric will be at the centre of the action
- Durability – outside of his 2012 and 2013, his durability isn’t great, but whispers has it that he is injury free and training down the house (doesn’t that sound familiar at this time of year – even Gary Rohan is training the house down!)
- Age – whilst not over 30 yet, given his style of play, I worry the Mullet’s body is more aged than his years suggest and he becomes more susceptible to injuries.
I thought I would be an outright “no” on Maric, but I find myself tempted. I’m tempted by his consistent scoring and by the potential value he affords. I’m allured to his magnificent flowing locks. Can Solomon rise again and repeat 2012? Ruck prices might sway me one way or another, so I find myself with splinters in the junk of my trunk sitting on the fence. He may appear in the Chumps and he may not. It just depends….
A 50 / 50
What’s your view on the Big Man Mane Maric for 2015?
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